Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

Articles by Pat Raia

PAST Act Reintroduced into U.S. House

The bill would amend the Horse Protection Act to ban performance packages and stiffen soring penalties. Read More

Tennessee Walking Horse Trainer Indicted for Alleged Assault

Jamie B. Lawrence is accused of using his truck to assault a woman demonstrating at a Tennessee Walking Horse show. Read More

Bills Would Put States in Charge of Wild Horses, Burros

The legislation would place the herds under the jurisdiction of the states and Native American tribes that request it. Read More

California's Wragg Wildfire Forces Horse Evacuations

More than 20 horses were evacuated and more are expected to follow in the wake of the fire in Napa and Solano counties. Read More

Another Horse Found Butchered in South Florida

A 3-year-old filly was found butchered in a Hiaheah pasture on July 22. Read More

Horse Tethered to Fence in Colorado Dies

Authorities are seeking whoever hobbled a mare and left her tied to a fence during a recent spell of hot weather. Read More

Owner of Mare Abandoned in North Texas Sought

The 12-year-old weak and emaciated mare found on a rural road about three weeks ago is recovering. Read More

Houston Police Probe Horse Thefts

Police are investigating the alleged theft of a pair of horses that have since been recovered. Read More

Texas Horse Owners Face More Charges

The owners of 200 horses seized last month face a felony charge for evidence tampering and more than 10 cruelty charges. Read More

Proposed Law Would Establish Uniform Medication Rules

The legislation would establish an independent authority to implement a national uniform racehorse medication program. Read More

Calgary Stampede to Review Equine Safety Policies

This year four horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained during chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede. Read More

Texas Veterinarian Accused of Animal Cruelty

Dr. Kathie Digilio could face charges in connection with the removal of 30 horses from her Waller County farm. Read More

Advocates Want Chuckwagon Races Dropped From Stampede Roster

Four horses were euthanized due to injuries sustained during chuckwagon races at this year's Calgary Stampede. Read More

House Committee Rejects Anti-Horse Slaughter Amendment

The agriculture funding bill amendment would have prevented funding for U.S. horsemeat processing plant inspections. Read More

Calgary Stampede Suspends Roper for Mistreating Horse

Calgary Stampede officials have suspended competitor Tuf Cooper for maltreating his horse during a roping event. Read More

Florida Police Seek Horse Shooter

Authorities are seeking those responsible for shooting a horse then tying its carcass to a utility pole. Read More

Second Horse Euthanized at Calgary Stampede

The horse was euthanized after suffering an injury during a chuckwagon race at the annual Calgary Stampede rodeo. Read More

Coping With Horse Rescue Costs

From investigation training to bringing charges, take a look at what it costs authorities to seize maltreated horses. Read More

Miniature Horse Shooter Convicted in Maryland

John Nelson Price was convicted of shooting and killing his Miniature Horse in May. Read More

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Nixes Wild Horses' Endangered Status

The FWS said the submitted petition didn't present enough information supporting claims that wild horses are threatened. Read More

One Horse Dies, Another Injured at Oregon Rodeo

Two riders and their horses were participating in the grand entry performance on July 1 when the animals collided. Read More

Chuckwagon Race Horse Euthanized at Calgary Stampede

A 10-year-old Thoroughbred fractured a cannon bone during a race and was euthanized by the event's veterinarian. Read More

Accused Thief Arrested in Tennessee

The charges allege that Lydia Culp misrepresented a horse for sale online and sold the sick animal to victims in Texas. Read More

Houston SPCA Gets Custody of Seized Horse Herd

A Texas judge has awarded the Houston SPCA custody of 200 allegedly maltreated horses seized last month. Read More

New Jersey Standardbred Trainer Indicted

Monica Thors is facing a multiple count indictment for allegedly maltreating several Standardsbreds last year. Read More